New menswear line: MINTLEN

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MINTLEN menswear in Baltimore

Red carpet affairs, weddings, and prom nights always seem to bring to bring up the same perennial gripe: women have endless options for expressing themselves sartorially, while men must operate within a very narrow spectrum of fashion choices. A man who forgoes the plain navy suit in favor of a navy suit with (gasp!) nearly invisible pinstripes is seen as making a bold statement. Yikes.

Enter, MINTLEN, a fresh new menswear brand that debuted its first collection recently during Fashion’s Night Out.  MINTLEN’s designers are clearly pushing the envelope in offering men genuinely interesting clothing options. T-shirts come printed with provocative slogans such as “Luxury Kills” and “Cold Style Cruel Taste.” The “cut + sew” line features button-down shirts with asymmetrical detail work. The designs exhibit the attitude that making bold fashion statements can indeed be fun, cool, and manly all at the same time. The brand is based in New York — although the chief marketing director, Chris Warren, was featured in Sartorial Baltimoreal and is from Baltimore — but available here at South Moon Under in Harbor East, where Warren served as men’s department manager.

South Moon Under is located at 801 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD.

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